Very good day for researchers in Bosnia & Herzegovina. WebInUnion project helped to expand the family of C&C signatories in the region. European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment fly higher and higher in Bosnia and Herzegovina!

The Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina,  in cooperation with the project WeBinUnion and financial assistance of the Austrian Development Agency, organised an Information Day on "The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers“. The meeting was held in Sarajevo on 25 February and attended by representatives of the academic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, public and private universities, and research institutes.

Introductory presentation on the Charter and the Code was given by Mr Dalibor Drljača, National Contact Point for mobility of researchers and delegate in the FP7 PEOPLE Programme Committee.  The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their Recruitment are two key documents of the European Union, which seeks to improve the status of researchers in the public and private sectors. The Charter gives a framework for managing the careers of researchers, while the Code promotes open and transparent assessment procedures and a major involvement of researchers. Together, they focus on the development of an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers.

Prof. Dr Neven Duić and Ana Grdović (EURAXESS Croatia), and Mr Dimitris Sanopoulos (EURAXESS Greece) attended the Information Day and brought their experience. There are different examples of implementation of these two reference documents, with a twofold ultimate goal: to ensure the quality of working conditions for researchers and to be awarded the badge "Human Resources Excellence in Research."

To date Charter and the Code have been signed by a total of 11 institutions in BiH. It is expected that soon other higher education institutions will undertake this step thus becoming part of the family of European universities that have made it so far.